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'Monster Hunter' film reportedly 'in planning'

Monster Hunter's massive beasts may be moving to the big screen

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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Paul W.S. Anderson may be working on a film based on Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise.

Paul W.S. Anderson may be working on a film based on Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise.

In an interview with Japanese outlet Cinema Today, Anderson said, "Recently, I've been loving Monster Hunter! A film conversion is currently in planning," when asked about plans for future films based on video games. It remains unclear if a studio has actually greenlit a Monster Hunter movie, if Anderson is shopping one around, or if he's planning one himself.

The next entry in the franchise is Monster Hunter 4, due out on 3DS in Japan next spring.

Anderson is credited as writer, director, or producer on all five Resident Evil films: Resident Evil (2002); Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004); Resident Evil: Extinction (2007); Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010); and Resident Evil: Retribution, which is due out this Friday, September 14th. His first video game adaptation was his second film, 1995's Mortal Kombat.

We've reached out to Capcom for comment, and will update this story with any information we receive.

Update: A Capcom representative told Polygon on September 13th that "Capcom has made no announcements at this time."

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